Thomas Earl Williams Sr.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Thomas Earl Williams Sr., 91, of Fort Scott, Kan., formerly of Bronaugh, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo. Earl was born on March 4, 1930, in Walker, Mo., to John Henry and Jessie Alice (Tons) Williams. He married Marvlyn Rose Shearburn on May 4, 1952, in Bronaugh, Mo., and she survives of the home in Fort Scott.

Earl attended school in Bronaugh. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Army and worked for 21 months in General McArthur’s office. After the service he farmed for a time then worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., retiring after 35 years. Following retirement, they came back to Bronaugh.

Earl was active in Boy Scouts for a number of years and coached Little League Baseball. He was an avid fisherman. He and Marvlyn volunteered for ARM (American Rehabilitation Ministry) for prison inmates.

In addition to his wife Marvlyn of 69 years, survivors include his children, Marcia Peppers (Mike), Lynn Valley, Kan., Chris Williams (Christine), Oak Grove, Mo., Cindy Hall (Jim), Kansas City, Kan., and Thomas Earl Williams Jr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Larry Shearburn (Lisa), Farmington, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; several brothers and sisters; and a great-grandson, Kaleb Cross.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made in Earl’s memory to ARM, Show Me Christian Youth Home, or the Community Christion Church in Ft. Scott in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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